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Prepaid or subscription?

One may choose to commit (or not) to a carrier’s services. There are pro’s and con’s for both subscription and prepaid plans.

Whether it is the freedom and flexibility to upgrade/downgrade the plan or change the carrier whenever you want or because of financial reasons (cost per call, monthly bill, beforehand credit checks, the price and paying plan of a new mobile device and so on), one should consider all the differences and benefits of each plan before making a decision.

Picking a provider and a plan should be simple. It’s all about knowing what your needs are and of course making trade-offs. Because your mobile subscription should meet your needs and fit your lifestyle, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself:

  • Subscription or prepaid?
  • Am I looking for just a subscription, or a subscription with a mobile phone?
  • How many national and/or international minutes do I need?
  • Am I going to use the 4G network for Internet or just 3G?
  • What is the maximum amount I want to pay? / Budget?
  • What are the carrier's tariffs for calling internationally/home?
  • How long do you want to be contracted with this provider and what are the early termination fees, in case you need to cancel before the end of your contract?

Whether you can answer these questions or not, we advise you to make a thorough comparison of all the providers and their offers. An independent website that allows you to perform a comparison of the existing carries, contracts and prepaid schemes is


Regardless of your reasons for choosing one plan instead of another, the next step would be to choose a provider, which is quite a difficult task, considering the extensive range of providers. All Dutch providers offer a good quality network and service. Whatever you choose, make sure that you are comfortable with the decision:

If you decide to sign a subscription, the following checklist might come in handy:

  • Decide which plan is right for you: prepaid or subscription plan;
  • Choose a carrier (check whether you are able to keep the same telephone number, make sure that your phone is GSM compatible and unlocked or decide about buying a new cell phone);
  • Valid proof of identity with a BSN number;
  • Proof of a Dutch address (for instance on a letter or proof of residence);
  • Official bank statement;
  • Bankaccount card to pin 0,01 cent as a verification (this is needed to assure that the bank account is active and you are in possession of the pin-code).

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